PARIS (AP) — A Black man overwhelmed up by a number of French law enforcement officials mentioned he’s in search of justice after the publication of movies exhibiting officers repeatedly punching him, utilizing a truncheon and tear gasoline towards him for no obvious cause.
French Inside Minister Gerald Darmanin ordered the officers concerned within the case suspended.
The incident got here as President Emmanuel Macron’s authorities is pushing a brand new invoice that restricts the power to movie police, which has prompted protests from civil liberties teams and journalists involved that it could permit police brutality to go undiscovered and unpunished.
Movies first revealed on Thursday by French information web site Loopsider present the violent arrest of a music producer, Michel Zecler, within the French capital on Saturday.
The video photos obtained by the Related Press, each from a safety digicam contained in the studio and filmed by neighbors exterior, present three officers following Zecler inside his music studio, the place they are often seen repeatedly punching him and beating him with a stick.
Zecler advised the Related Press he feels “good” now that “the truth is out.”
“I want to understand why I have been assaulted by people who were wearing a police uniform. I want justice actually, because I believe in the justice of my country,” he mentioned.
Zecler mentioned that the officers hurled repeated insults at him, together with a really sturdy racist epithet.
He added that he nonetheless doesn’t perceive why officers determined to arrest him. He suffered accidents to his head, forearms and legs.
His lawyer, Hafida El Ali, mentioned: “He asked them what they wanted, if they wanted to check his identity. … They didn’t stop beating him, the video of the violence (inside the studio) lasts for 12 minutes.”
Sooner or later the officers referred to as in reinforcements and went exterior. They then threw a tear gasoline grenade into the studio to get these inside to come back out, in accordance El Ali.
El Ali mentioned that 9 others who had been recording music within the studio basement had been additionally overwhelmed.
“Outside they are still beaten up and thrown to the ground and that’s the moment when a police officer sees they are being filmed,” she mentioned. Then the violence stops.
Zecler was taken into custody.
“I’m obviously scandalized by these images,” Justice Minister Eric Dupond-Moretti mentioned in a tv interview. “There are racist police, lawyers or bakers, but to say the police are racist, it’s not true.”
Zecler’s lawyer careworn the worth of the movies in her consumer’s case.
“These videos are essential because initially my client was being detained … for violence against people with public authority,” El Ali mentioned. “This is very serious. The reality is that if we didn’t have these videos maybe my client would be in prison.”
Darmanin tweeted that the physique that investigates allegations of police misconduct, the Inspectorate Basic of the Nationwide Police, identified by its French acronym IGPN, is trying into the case, saying, “I want disciplinary proceedings as soon as possible.”
The Paris police prefecture mentioned in an announcement that IGPN will search to ascertain the precise circumstances surrounding the person’s arrest.
The Paris prosecutor’s workplace can be investigating the police actions. The prosecutor’s workplace mentioned Thursday it has dropped the proceedings towards Zecler opened the day of his arrest, and as a substitute opened an investigation for “acts of violence by a person in position of public authority” and “false declaration.”
By SYLVIE CORBET, The Related Press